With it being summer, it’s only fitting that July is National Ice Cream Month. As delicious and refreshing as it is, unfortunately, commercial ice creams are high in fat content and added sugar.
While your teeth aren’t fond of the sugar in ice cream, they love the calcium, a key nutrient for building and maintaining strong teeth and bones. By not getting enough calcium, you may also be increasing your risk for gum disease.
Feeling a sharp pain in your teeth? It could be sensitive teeth due to the ice cream. Sensitive teeth are the result of unhealthy gums and cavities.
You can reduce your chances of getting tooth sensitivity by keeping your mouth as healthy as possible with a good oral care routine: brush and floss properly as recommended by your dentist using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a fluoride toothpaste
Go Healthy or Go Home
Finding a healthier version of ice cream is a lot easier than you think. Look for these options that have lower sugar and reduced fat:
- Sherbert. Use fresh fruit and other healthy ingredients. Whip up a sorbet base and add your favorite frozen fruit.
- Chocolate-covered bananas. Chocolate may not be sugar-free, but it’s one of the best sweets for your teeth. It dissolves quickly in the mouth, which decreases the amount of time sugar touching your teeth.
- Yogurt. Greek yogurt is typically lower in sugar and fat, and it also contains body-enhancing probiotics. Try a basic vanilla bean recipe for a flavorful and protein-packed treat.
Talk to Your Dentist
Keep in mind that too much ice cream causes dental problems. Moderate consumption is unlikely to cause excessive damage so having a bowl once in a while is ok.
Talk to Dr. Nick about ice cream consumption and get some tips about preserving your dental health while staying cool this summer!